Centenary College of Louisiana
- For other institutions of higher education using the name Centenary College, see Centenary College
|Centenary College of Louisiana|
|Motto||Labor Omnia Vincit (Work Conquers All)|
|Type||Private liberal arts|
|Religious affiliation||United Methodist|
|President||B. David Rowe|
|Location||Shreveport, Louisiana, USA Coordinates:|
|Campus||Urban, 117 acres (162,000 m²)|
|Colors||Maroon & White|
|Athletics||SCAC (NCAA DIII)|
|Mascot||Ladies and Gents|
Centenary College of Louisiana is a private, four-year arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1825, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
- 1 History
- 2 Campus
- 3 Academics
- 4 Student life
- 5 Athletics
- 6 People
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Centenary College of Louisiana is the oldest college in Louisiana and is the nation's oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River. Centenary traces its origins to two earlier institutions. In 1825, the Louisiana state legislature issued a charter for the College of Louisiana in Jackson. Its curriculum included courses in English, French, Greek, Latin, logic, rhetoric, ancient and modern history, mathematics, and natural, moral, and political philosophy. In 1839, the Mississippi Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, established Centenary College, first located in Clinton, Mississippi, then relocated to Brandon Springs. When the College of Louisiana lost the financial support from the state legislature in 1845, Centenary College purchased the facility and moved to Jackson.
In 1846, the college’s trustees changed the institution’s name to Centenary College of Louisiana and adopted the alumni of the two predecessor colleges. During the 1850s, enrollment reached 260, and the college constructed a large central building, which included classrooms, laboratories, literary society rooms, a library, a chapel, offices, and an auditorium with seating for over 2,000 people. This prosperity halted with the American Civil War. Following a meeting on October 7, 1861, the faculty minute book states, “Students have all gone to war. College suspended; and God help the right!” During the war, both Confederate and Union troops occupied the campus’s buildings. Centenary reopened in the fall of 1865, though struggled financially through the remainder of the nineteenth century. In 1906, the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, accepted an offer from the Shreveport Progressive League to relocate the college. The Jackson campus now serves as the Centenary State Historic Site operated by the Louisiana Office of State Parks; it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Centenary opened in Shreveport, Louisiana, in 1908. Enrollment and course offerings increased during the 1920s, and Centenary received accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1925. During the 1920s and 1930s, the college’s football program earned fame for defeating such teams as Baylor, LSU, Rice, SMU, and Texas A & M. The Centenary College Choir, formed in 1941, began performing throughout the region and eventually expanded to making national as well as international tours. In 1942, Centenary acquired a satellite campus, the former Dodd College, which served as a pre-flight training facility for air force cadets. Following the Second World War, the college undertook many new construction projects – dormitories, a cafeteria, a science building, a religious education center, a chapel, an expanded student center, a library, a theater, and a music building.
Published in 2008, Centenary College of Louisiana, 1825-2000: The Biography of an American Academy, written by professor emeritus of English Dr. Lee Morgan, chronicles the history of the college.
The over sixty-five-acre campus of Centenary College, two miles south of downtown Shreveport, is widely known for its natural beauty and stately Georgian architecture. The Dr. Ed Leuck Academic Arboretum, located in the heart of campus, is home to more than 300 species of plant life.
- The Anderson Choral Building, dedicated in 2002, is named in memory of G. M. “Jake” and Dr. Gertie Anderson, longtime trustees and benefactors of the College. It includes the Nancy Mikell Carruth Choir Room, the Dr. Alberta E. Broyles Choral Room and the Harvey and Alberta Broyles Choral Lounge. The building also includes a soundproof practice room and an atrium/lobby that offers a dramatic public space that will serve the existing and future arts complex.
- The Brown Memorial Chapel was erected in 1955, through the generosity of the late Paul M. Brown, Jr., Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees, and his brother, Colonel S. Perry Brown, a life member of the Board, in honor of their parents. The Chapel was renovated and rededicated in January 2003.
- Bynum Memorial Commons, the cafeteria, built in 1956, was named in 1974 to honor Robert Jesse Bynum, New Orleans businessman and benefactor of the College. A generous grant from the Frost Foundation funded a 2006 renovation of the entire building, including the edwin frost Whited Room and the Centenary Alumni Hall of Fame.
- The Gold Dome, completed in 1971, is a physical education facility. The geodesic dome serves as the home basketball and volleyball court and gymnastics arena for the Centenary Gentlemen and Ladies. It also houses the Donnie R. Wilhite Media Room.
- Hamilton Hall, the administration building, also completed in 1971, was largely the result of gifts by the late Mr. and Mrs. David Philip Hamilton. Mrs. Hamilton was a trustee of the College and a member of the first Centenary class to graduate in Shreveport.
- The Hargrove Memorial Amphitheatre was a gift of Mrs. R. H. Hargrove and her children and was built in memory of her husband, Mr. Reginald H. Hargrove. It is used for convocations, plays, and concerts.
Centenary is a selective liberal arts college offering undergraduate programs and a limited number of graduate programs in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences, which strengthen the foundation for students’ personal lives and career goals. Students and faculty work together to build a community focused on ethical and intellectual development, respect and concern for human and spiritual values, and the joy of creativity and discovery.
Consistent with its affiliation with the United Methodist Church, the College encourages a lifelong dedication not only to learning but also to serving others. It strives to overcome ignorance and intolerance; to examine ideas critically; to provide an understanding of the forces that have influenced the past, drive the present, and shape the future; and to cultivate integrity, intellectual and moral courage, responsibility, fairness, and compassion.
In pursuit of these ideals, the College challenges its students throughout their education to write and speak clearly; to read, listen, and think critically; to comprehend, interpret, and synthesize ideas; to analyze information qualitatively and quantitatively; to appreciate the diversity of human cultures; to respect the value of artistic expression; and to recognize the importance of a healthy mind and body and the interdependence of people and the environment.
Academic and co–curricular programs, as well as the example of those who teach and work at Centenary, support students in their development and encourage them to become leaders in the work place, the community, the nation, and the world at large.
Centenary College of Louisiana is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelors’ and masters’ degrees. The College also maintains membership in the American Council on Education, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, the American Association of University Women, the Conference of Louisiana Colleges and Universities, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the Institute of International Education, the Louisiana Academy of Science, the Association of Departments of English of the Modern Language Association, the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages of the Modern Language Association, the National Association of Schools and Colleges of The United Methodist Church, the Associated Colleges of the South, and the Louisiana Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. Centenary College is a participant in the Common Application Program. The music program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.
Bachelor of Arts: Art, Biology, Communication, Economics, English, French, Geology, History, Individualized Major, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Theatre.
Bachelor of Science: Biochemistry, Biology, Biophysics, Business Administration, Chemistry, Geology, Individualized Major, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Psychology. B.S., B.A. combined degree in Engineering.
Christian Leadership Center, Dentistry, Engineering, Law, Mathematics, Medical Technology, Medicine/Pre-medicine, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Veterinary Medicine
Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Business Administration
Centenary is regularly recognized as one of the top colleges in the South. Princeton Review named Centenary one of the “Best 376 Colleges” and “Best Southeastern Colleges” for 2013, putting the College in the top 15% of all four-year colleges in the country. Forbes.com has recognized Centenary as one of "America's Best Colleges" overall, “Best Private Colleges,” and “Best Colleges in the South.” Calling us one of the best liberals arts colleges in the nation, U. S. News & World Report placed the College in Tier One of its annual ranking. Other accolades include:
Centenary College was named a Tier One National Liberal Arts College for the third year in a row in the 2014 U.S. News & World Report ranking.
Centenary College improved its ranking for the fourth straight year among top liberal arts colleges in the eighth annual Washington Monthly College Guide and Rankings. Known as "a different kind of college guide," Washington Monthly ranks colleges and universities that serve a variety of public interests "and provide a great college experience at the same time."
Centenary received an "A" grade for financial fitness in Forbes' annual ranking of "America’s Top Colleges." For the sixth consecutive year, Centenary was named one of the "Best Private Colleges" and "Best Colleges in the South." The College is among the top 13 percent of institutions in the nation and the only school in Louisiana to receive an "A."
A new report on CBS MoneyWatch recognized Centenary College as one of the Top 25 Colleges with the Best Professors. Centenary is the only institution in the Ark-La-Tex area to receive this distinction. The Center for College Affordability and Productivity compiled the list from the more than 15 million student ratings of college professors on RateMyProfessors.com.
Centenary College was named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the eighth year in a row. The list recognizes the nation's leading higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities.
Centenary College was named among top liberal arts colleges for Washington Monthly's 2012 College Guide, which ranks schools that make a significant contribution to the public good.
Centenary College has been named among the top 15 percent of all four-year colleges in the country, according to the Princeton Review. The Princeton Review noted Centenary as being one of the "Best 377 Colleges," "Best Southeastern Colleges," and "Best Value Private Colleges for 2012."
Centenary was named in a national report in the top 20 percent of institutions based on financial sustainability. The study of 1,692 colleges and universities found that while one-third are on an "unsustainable path," Centenary is doing very well.
Statistics (as of 2013)
Total Enrollment: 661
Student/Faculty Ratio: 9:1
Men/Women Ratio: 44/56
Louisiana Residents: 63%
Minority Students: 30%
States Represented: 27
Countries Represented: 8
First Year Students: 128
ACT (Middle 50%): 22-28
Average Core High School GPA: 3.52
Centenary believes that co-curricular activities are a vital piece of the college experience. Centenary students have an unlimited number of opportunities on and off campus from Greek life to student media, and service to politics.
The Greek social organizations at Centenary College are five national fraternities: Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha, Kappa Sigma, Tau Kappa Epsilon, and Theta Chi; and two national sororities: Chi Omega and Zeta Tau Alpha. In addition to encouraging academic excellence, the Greek system provides opportunities to form lifelong friendships, develop leadership skills, and participate in community service projects and social activities.
Living Learning Communities
Centenary students are working to address some of the 21st Century’s greatest challenges through Living Learning Communities.
LLC students join with a team of faculty, professionals, and community members to "identify a problem, understand it, and take steps to overcome it." To be effective, students work together to employ the wide range of skills and knowledge provided by a Centenary liberal-arts education. Taking responsibility for all stages of their project, students step beyond the classroom to engage community members, government officials, and anyone else who can help them complete their work.
- Le Quartier Français — immersion in the French language experience
- GreenHouse — seeking sustainability in the community
- Santé — partnering with the community to improve the health of some of the least advantaged people
- Node — engaging technology to produce social change
Fitness and Intramurals
The Centenary Fitness Center contains a basketball/ volleyball court, a 6 lane 25 yard swimming pool, an indoor track, an exercise area with weight machines and cardiovascular equipment, an aerobic room, a dance studio, and two racquetball courts. The center offers exercise classes, such as spinning, abs, yoga, and Pilates. There is also a 52’ climbing tower just outside the fitness center.
Intramural activities are also offered through the fitness center. Some of the sports the students participate in are flag football, bowling, outdoor soccer, volleyball, basketball, softball, racquetball, and swimming.
Centenary is currently a member of the NCAA Division III's Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC), having moved from the American Southwest Conference (ASC) after the 2011–12 academic year. Prior to July 2011, the college was a member of The Summit League in NCAA Division I.
Centenary fields 17 intercollegiate athletic teams including baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, and tennis for men; and basketball, cross country, golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, and volleyball for women.
U.S. Olympics Women's Gymnastics Coach (Tokyo, 1964) Vannie Edwards coached the Centenary women's gymnastics team from 1964 to 1968 and again from 1977 to 1985. Coach Edwards was also the team manager for the U.S. Olympics Women's Gymnastics teams in 1968 (Mexico City) and 1972 (Munich). He was inducted into the U.S. Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 1986.
The school sport's nickname is the Gents; the women's sports' nickname is the Ladies. Prior to adopting the Gents nickname, Centenary's football team was known as the Old Ironsides and had a reputation as a fearsome and powerful team with a penchant for playing rough. To clean up their image, they selected the Gents nickname.
College of Louisiana (Jackson, LA)
- Jeremiah Chamberlain (1826–1829)
- Henry H. Gird (1829–1834)
- James Shannon (1835–1840)
- William B. Lacey (1841–1845)
Centenary College (Brandon Springs, MS)
- Thomas C. Thornton (1841–1844)
Centenary College of Louisiana (Jackson, LA)
- David O. Shattuck (1844–1848)
- Augustus Baldwin Longstreet (1848–1849)
- Richard H. Rivers (1849–1853)
- John C. Miller (1855–1866)
- William H. Watkins (1866–1871)
- Charles G. Andrews (1871–1882)
- D. M. Rush (1882–1885)
- T. A. S. Adams (1885–1888)
- W. L. C. Hunnicutt (1888–1894)
- Charles W. Carter (1894–1898)
- Inman J. Cooper (1898–1902)
- Henry B. Carre (1902–1903)
- Charles C. Miller (1903–1906)
Centenary College of Louisiana (Shreveport, LA)
- William Lander Weber (1907–1910)
- Felix R. Hill (1910–1913)
- Robert H. Wynn (1913–1918)
- W. R. Bourne (1919–1921)
- George Sexton (1921–1932)
- Bishop Angie Smith (interim, 1932–1933)
- Pierce Cline (1933–1945)
- Joe J. Mickle (1945–1964)
- Jack Stauffer Wilkes (1964–1969)
- John Horton Allen (1969–1976)
- Donald A. Webb (1977–1991)
- Kenneth L. Schwab (1991–2009)
- B. David Rowe (2009–present)
- Calhoun Allen (1921–1991) - Mayor of Shreveport from 1970 to 1978, utilities commissioner from 1962 to 1970, and city council member in 1991 until his death that year
- Lonnie O. Aulds (1925-1984, Class of 1950) - Louisiana state representative from Caddo Parfish from 1968 to 1972; real estate developer in Shreveport
- Brady Blade - American drummer, music producer, founded record label Brick Top Recordings LLC, and owner of Blade Studios.
- Eric John Brock (Class of 1988, 1966-2011) - Shreveport historian
- Algie D. Brown (Class of 1934, 1910–2004) - Member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1948 to 1972
- Sherri Smith Buffington - Member of the Louisiana State Senate since 2004
- John William Corrington - poet and author; early television writing pioneer
- Scott Durbin - Member of the children's music group Imagination Movers
- George Dement - mayor of Bossier City from 1989 to 2005; attended after World War II but did not graduate; holds honorary doctorate from Centenary
- D. L. Dykes, Jr. (1917–1997) - pastor of First United Methodist Church in Shreveport from 1955–1984; urged racial harmony in civil rights movement; known for opposition to "Religious Right"
- Lenny Fant (Class of 1950, 1923-1998) - basketball coach at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, 1957–1979
- [Joe Ben La Grone Woodrow Wilson Class of 1961
- Thomas Wafer Fuller (Class of 1890) - state senator, newspaper publisher, Webster Parish school superintendent
- William Gabriel Fuller, IV (Class of 1980) (Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) US Army) Finalist - National Security and International Affairs, 2010 Service to America Medal; know as the moving force behind the development of the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Ambulances supporting troops in Iraq and Afghanistan
- John Spencer Hardy (Class of 1938, 1913-2012) - Lieutenant General of the United States Air Force, later member of the Centenary board of directors and the Hall of Fame
- Lovette Hill - former head baseball coach for the University of Houston
- Cal Hubbard - former professional football player, member of Baseball Hall of Fame and the Professional Football Hall of Fame
- Edward Kennon - Shreveport-area developer and former member of the Louisiana Public Service Commission (1973–1984)
- Clyde Lee - former head football coach for the University of Houston
- Max T. Malone - former state senator from Caddo and Bossier parishes, businessman
- Mike Mann - innovator in Lasik surgery.
- Fred C. McClanahan (1918–2007) - businessman, United States Air Force officer, congressional candidate in 1960
- Taylor Frost Moore (Class of 1969) - Shreveport businessman; owner of the former Shreveport Captains - now Frisco RoughRiders; coached Centenary baseball team, Centenary athletic director (2003–2006). Brother, Loy Moore, former trustee, manages family real estate, timber, oil and natural gas holdings in Bossier and Claiborne parishes
- Charlotte Moorman - avant-garde performance artist
- Taylor W. O'Hearn - former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, studied for bar exam through Centenary
- W. Darrell Overdyke (Class of 1928, 1907–1973) - historian, faculty member ca. 1929 until his death
- Robert Parish - National Basketball Association Hall of Fame Center, nicknamed "The Chief"
- Buddy Parker - Professional American football player and head coach of Detroit Lions and Pittsburgh Steelers.
- Clarence Cullam Pope - Bishop of Fort Worth, Texas
- Robert G. Pugh (Class of 1946, 1924–2007) - Shreveport attorney, civic leader, and gubernatorial advisor
- E.S. Richardson (Class of 1936, 1875–1950) -- former president of Louisiana Tech University
- Edward White Robertson (1823–1887) -- United States Representative from Louisiana
- Virginia Shehee (Class of 1943, born 1923) -- first woman elected to the Louisiana State Senate; businesswoman and philanthropist
- Linus A. Sims - educator who founded Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond
- Hal Sutton - PGA Tour golfer; captain of the 2004 U.S. Ryder Cup team
- Jeffrey P. Victory (Class of 1967, born 1946) -- associate justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court
- J. Smith Young (1834–1916) -- member of the United States House of Representatives from Louisiana
Faculty and staff
- Bill Joyce - Creator of Rolie Polie Olie cartoon series; noted children's author and illustrator.
- Earle Labor - Official biographer of novelist Jack London; curator of the Jack London Museum in Shreveport.
- W. Darrell Overdyke - Louisiana historian; alumnus
- Walter M. Lowrey - Louisiana historian
- Arthur C. Morgan - sculptor
- Lonnie O. Aulds - Shreveport developer; taught real estate in night school at his alma mater Centenary in the 1950s
- Rose Van Thyn (1921–2010) - Holocaust survivor; Attaway Fellow in Civic Culture; Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in 2002; Van Thyn Endowed Professorship
- As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved March 4, 2010.
- Centenary College to Join Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
- Watson, Jimmy (June 30, 2011). "Centenary officially enters the ASC". The Shreveport Times. Retrieved July 2, 2011.
- Centenary Approved for NCAA Division III Reclassification
- Vannie Edards Biography, USGHOF
- Official website
- Official athletics website
- The Conglomerate
- "KSCL 91.3 FM"
- Centenary State Historic Site homepage